89 percent! That’s how many American viewers watch TV on their smartphone, tablet or other connected devices. In fact, this year there has been a decline of almost 11% in TV viewers. We are living in arguably the second Golden Age of cinema. Most people seek entertainment in live or on demand content. However, more and more people every day are switching to mobile devices or computers rather than traditional TV. In 2015 the number of TV households in America stood at 100 million. By 2020, this is expected to fall to 95 million. Out of these TV households, only 45% use wired cable. This has prompted cable providers to come out with apps that support mobile viewing or otherwise lose their customers to the “wireless trend”. Sure, it’s easy to watch shows/movies on your Netflix, Amazon or Hulu app. But with a service like I have with Spectrum Internet, you have other options. You can get access to specific TV apps that support mobile viewing of live and on-demand content. Let’s have a look at the providers that support TV viewing on mobile and connected devices:
DISH makes it easy for anyone to watch live and recorded TV on their mobile devices thanks to its Dish Anywhere app. You need to have the required adapter and a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. Then you can watch live news, sports events, shows and on-demand titles on your mobile device conveniently. Alternatively, with an HD DVR, you can record shows and transfer them to your device. The Dish Anywhere app is free for current customers and can be used in a kid-safe mode as well.
AT&T U-verse users have access to the U-verse app, which acts as both a screening platform as well as a remote control. The app allows you to watch live or on-demand programs as well as controlling TV viewing and managing your DVR. While this app is not as available as the others on this list, it’s still available for most iOS and Android devices.
Cox ups the game with not one but two apps. The Cox Connectapp lets you remotely schedule your DVR and allows you to check TV listings. The Contour 2 app allows you to stream your favorite shows/movies on any mobile device whether at home or on-the-go. Cox also gives access to third-party network apps through the TV Everywhere system.
Spectrum users get access to the TWC TV app. This app has the dual function of being a viewing platform as well as a remote control. Spectrum Silver Package has gone a long way to making this app compatible on most devices, The TWC TV app works with Kindle, Fire, HDand HDX, and any iOS or android device. The app lets you manage your TV and DVR as well as allowing you access to thousands of on-demand TV shows and movies. All you need is a reliable Wi-Fi or 3G/4G connection. However, it bears notice that certain channels are not accessible on the app outside your home.
The DIRECTV app allows you to watch DIRECTV on any connected device. It grants access to more than 5,000 movies and 10,000 TV shows as well as exclusive live events. Alternatively, you can access content on your laptop or computer by logging in on a channel’s website using your DIRECTV account. On Wi-Fi connected to your DVR you can watch any channel live but only select channels on 3G/4G.
Cable TV providers have really upped their game in response to streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. At one point, it was expected that traditional cable providers would feel the crunch as viewers switched to mobile platforms. “Cord Cutters” (people shifting to digital streaming platforms) increase every year and traditional cable TV was slowly losing its viewer base. Millennials especially appreciate the convenience of on-the-go viewing. Therefore, there was a need for cable providers to step up their game significantly. True to form, they delivered with apps like the ones mentioned above. Not only does this meet the current cord-free trend but it also allows users the freedom to access content, no matter where they are. This mobility translates into a wider user base among people aged 13 to 35. With the millennial market segment quick to embrace new entertainment trends, the timing of introducing mobile supported apps is a brainwave. An expanding digital viewer base helps cable companies stay relevant and abreast of the changing times.